Thamnophis marcianus marcianus
(Baird & Girard, 1853)
Val Verde Co., Texas. May 24th, 1997.
We were getting a flat fixed (the tire a victim of the Pandale dirt road) in Comstock, Texas. Rick, ever full of nervous energy and in ‘terrier mode’, wandered out back of the garage and found some boards and old pieces of metal. This checkered garter is the result, and it reminds me that snakes are where you find them, and that one should never pass up an opportunity when it presents itself (and to always check behind the gas station). I have no prints of this snake, and the slides are lost; many thanks to Ken Felsman for providing the image. The second photo is a marcianus from eastern Arizona in 2014.
HerpMapper records for this species are here.